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Rethinking Intertextuality

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Rethinking Intertextuality

  1. 1. Rethinking intertextuality and its digital representation: A test-case in Late Greek Epic Ioannis Doukas (NUI Galway) 7/6/18DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 1
  2. 2. Quintus of Smyrna Posthomerica ❧ Triphiodorus The Sack of Troy ❧ Colluthus The Abduction of Helen 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 2
  3. 3. 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 3 Colluthus
  4. 4. Quintus of Smyrna ❧ Triphiodorus 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 4
  5. 5. Common denominators • Provenance (eastern Roman provinces) • Date (2nd-6th century AD) • Literary context (epic revival) • Language (Homeric Greek) • Meter (dactylic hexameter) • Formulaic composition 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 5
  6. 6. Frameworks and Methodologies: Intertextuality The text is “a multi-dimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash” and “a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture (Barthes). 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 6
  7. 7. Frameworks and Methodologies: close and distant reading • Close reading: detailed, balanced and rigorous critical examination of a text to discover its meanings and to assess its effects (Practical criticism, Richards). • Distant reading (Moretti): an array of computer-assisted practices, focalisation on units smaller or larger than the text, introduction of quantitative methods, such as graphs, maps and trees • After Moretti: macroanalysis (Jockers); mid- range reading (Alison Booth) 7/6/18
  8. 8. Frameworks and Methodologies: Computer-assisted close reading Database • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Software for searching • Diogenes • Silver Mountain Workpack 7/6/18DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 8
  9. 9. The commentary • A systematic series of comments or annotations on the text of a work, but also a continually evolving organism, characterized by a remarkable self-consciousness. • A form of reading where texts are responding to earlier ones through revision, contestation, addition and continuation. (STRAY, KRAUS) 7/6/18DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 9
  10. 10. Interacting with projects: Dickinson College Commentaries 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 10
  11. 11. Interacting with projects: Perseus Digital Library 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 11
  12. 12. A checklist for a born-digital commentary Greek original Modern translation Comments on the text Hyperlinks to the sources Side-by-side textual comparison Named entities related visualisations 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 12
  13. 13. Epeus: the Trojan Horse 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 14 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 13
  14. 14. Epeus: the Trojan Horse 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 14 7/6/18 DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM 14
  15. 15. Rethinking intertextuality and its digital representation: A test-case in Late Greek Epic Ioannis Doukas (NUI Galway) 7/6/18DH BENELUX, AMSTERDAM

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